Overview

These statistics are based on quarterly data submitted to the Planning Permit Activity Reporting System (PPARS) by 80 Victorian responsible authorities.

Note that as of publication, 85% of councils had submitted the Q3 2019-20 data. It does not contain data from Central Goldfields, Gannawarra, Hepburn, Maribyrnong, Mitchell, Mornington Peninsula, Mount Alexander, Murrindindi, Pyrenees, Southern Grampians, Stonnington and West Wimmera.

The availability of Ministerial Data:

Due to a technical issue with internal DELWP systems, the PPARS quarterly report data does not currently include any applications or decisions made by the Minister for Planning during the Q2 of the 2019-20 financial year.

This report covers planning permit activity for the state. The data is aggregated and consistently presented at four levels:

  • statewide activity
  • activity in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria
  • activity across six sub-regions, including three metropolitan groups and three regional groupings
  • individual planning scheme activity.

Planning Permit Activity in Victoria in Q3 2019-20

  • The number of applications received by responsible authorities was 9,386, a decrease of 21% on last quarter.
  • The number of decisions made on applications was 9,822, a decrease of 18% on last quarter.
  • Planning permits were issued for an estimated $5.4 billion in estimated cost of works.
  • 65% of non-VicSmart applications were decided within sixty days, a decrease of 4% on last quarter.
  • 266 applications were determined at VCAT.
  • 12% of permits issued involved a change in land use; the majority of these to a Residential use.

List of planning schemes included in regions and subregions (PDF, 266.2 KB)


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Graphs & tables

Application activity across Victoria

The following table tracks applications received and decided for this quarter and the previous years quarter:

Region or subgroup Applications received Q3 2018-19 Applications received Q3 2019-20 % Change Applications decided Q3 2018-19 Applications decided Q3 2019-20 % Change
Victoria 10,814 9,386 -13% 11,740 9,822 -16%
Metropolitan region 7,371 6,319 -14% 8,457 6,653 -21%
Inner and middle urban 4,253 3,801 -11% 4,857 4,054 -17%
Outer urban 1,981 1,461 -26% 2,383 1,518 -36%
Growth areas 1,137 1,057 -7% 1,217 1,081 -11%
Rural Region 3,443 3,067 -11% 3,283 3,169 -3%
Peri-Urban 1,038 797 -230% 989 887 -10%
Regional city LGAs 1,306 1,257 -4% 1,231 1,283 4%
Small and medium regional 1,099 1,013 -8% 1,063 999 -6%

Dwelling related activity across Victoria

The following table identifies permit applications that relate to residential use:

Region or subgroup Total dwelling permits issued Q3 2018-19 Total dwelling permits issued Q3 2019-20 Percentage of total permits issued Permits for one dwelling Permits for multiple dwellings Net gain of new dwellings Total permits issued
Victoria 6,995 5,785 69% 814 1,241 6,927 8,341
Metropolitan region 5,225 4,112 74% 360 1,097 5,835 5,535
Inner and middle urban 3,165 2,653 78% 170 696 4,529 3,380
Outer urban 1,473 930 77% 105 271 586 1,215
Growth areas 587 529 56% 85 130 720 940
Rural Region 1,770 1,673 60% 454 144 1,092 2,806
Peri-Urban 583 523 69% 151 34 276 760
Regional city LGAs 655 653 57% 152 93 619 1,141
Small and medium regional 532 497 55% 151 17 197 905

Applications received by scheme

This chart shows the number of applications received in each of the 82 planning scheme areas for each finished quarter of the current financial year.

Applications received during the quarter by planning scheme area

Download a spreadsheet of the data in the graph above (Excel, 11.4 KB).

Applications decided by scheme

This chart shows the number of applications decided in each of the 82 planning scheme areas for each finished quarter of the current financial year.

Applications decided during the quarter by planning scheme area

Download a spreadsheet of the data in the graph above (Excel, 11.4 KB).


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Reports

Statewide planning permit activity

The permit activity occurring within each local government area is aggregated to provide a statewide summary position.

Statewide report

Planning permit activity by metropolitan and rural Victoria

Information is aggregated to provide a perspective on metropolitan Melbourne and rural/regional Victoria.

Planning permit activity by subgroup

Compare three metropolitan and three rural subgroups that have similar planning activity or geography.

Planning permit activity by municipality

The level, nature and scale of activity varies across the many municipalities in the state, reflecting different locational, social, economic, environmental and historical situations.

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